Aberdeen Central (Scottish Parliament constituency)

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Aberdeen Central
Scottish Parliament
burgh constituency
Aberdeen Central (Scottish Parliament constituency).svg
North East Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region).svg
Aberdeen Central shown within the North East Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Created 1999
MSP Kevin Stewart
Council area Aberdeen City
Party Scottish National Party

Aberdeen Central is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elects one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of ten constituencies in the North East Scotland electoral region, which elects seven additional members, in addition to ten constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Electoral region[edit]

The other nine constituencies of the North East Scotland region are Aberdeen Donside, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, Aberdeenshire East, Aberdeenshire West, Angus North and Mearns, Angus South, Banffshire and Buchan Coast, Dundee City East and Dundee City West.

The region covers all of the Aberdeen City council area, the Aberdeenshire council area, the Angus council area, the Dundee City council area and part of the Moray council area.

Constituency boundaries and council area[edit]

The Aberdeen Central constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of an existing Westminster constituency. In 2005, however, the Westminster constituency was abolished.

The Holyrood constituency is within the Aberdeen City council area, which is divided between three constituencies: Aberdeen Central, Aberdeen Donside and Aberdeen South and North Kincardine. Central and Donside are entirely within the city area, while South and North Kincardine also takes in North Kincardine in the Aberdeenshire council area.

Following their First Periodic review of parliamentary constituencies to the Scottish Parliament, the Boundary Commission for Scotland created three newly shaped seats for the Aberdeen City council area.

In forming the new Aberdeen Central, the electoral wards used are:

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Lewis MacDonald Labour
2003
2007
2011 Kevin Stewart SNP

Election results[edit]

Regional list result in Aberdeen Central 2011: Scottish National Party 10,307, Scottish Labour Party 6,890, Scottish Conservative and Unionist 3,102, Scottish Liberal Democrats 1,813, Scottish National Front 63 http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/council_government/councillors/elections_unit/elections/election_2011/regional_votes.asp

Scottish Parliament election, 2011: Aberdeen Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP Kevin Stewart 10,058 40 +9.7
Labour Lewis MacDonald 9,441 37.5 +8.6
Conservative Sandy Wallace 3,100 12.3 -1.4
Liberal Democrats Sheila Thomson 2,349 9.3 -17.6
National Front Mike Phillips 201 0.8 +0.8
Majority 617 2.5
Turnout 25,149 43.8
SNP hold Swing +0.5
Scottish Parliament election, 2007 Notional Result: Aberdeen Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
SNP 7,684 30.3
Labour 7,335 29.0
Liberal Democrats 6,824 26.9
Conservative 3,481 13.7
Majority 349 1.4
Scottish Parliament election, 2007: Aberdeen Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lewis Macdonald 7,232 34.2 +1.6
SNP Karen Shirron 6,850 32.4 +5.7
Liberal Democrats John Stewart 4,693 22.2 -0.4
Conservative Andrew Jones 2,345 11.1 -1.4
Majority 382 1.8
Turnout 21,120 45.3 +3.0
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 2003: Aberdeen Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lewis Macdonald 6,835 32.6 -6.3
SNP Richard Lochhead 5,593 26.7 -2
Liberal Democrats Eleanor Anderson 4,744 22.6 +6.0
Conservative Alan Butler 2,616 12.5 -1.3
Scottish Socialist Andy Cumbers 1,176 5.6 +3.6
Majority 1,242 5.9
Turnout 20,964 42.4
Labour hold Swing
Scottish Parliament election, 1999: Aberdeen Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Lewis Macdonald 10,305 38.9 N/A
SNP Richard Lochhead 7,609 28.7 N/A
Liberal Democrats Eleanor Anderson 4,403 16.6 N/A
Conservative Tom Mason 3,655 13.8 N/A
Scottish Socialist Andy Cumbers 523 2 N/A
Majority 2,696 10.2
Turnout 26,495

References[edit]

See also[edit]

Aberdeen City Youth Council